Warriors Fall to Northwestern in NCCAA 7th Place Game

Courtesy Bolton Photo
Courtesy Bolton Photo

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Playing their third game in three days the Southern Wesleyan women's basketball were unable to hold on to a 34-32 halftime lead, losing to Northwestern (Minn.) 67-62 on Friday in the NCCAA National Tournament 7th place game.

The Warriors built a nine point lead in the first half but the Eagles closed the period on a 5-0 run to close to within two at 34-32. Chelsie Waters scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the first half as the Warriors shot 41.9 percent. The Eagles shot just 30 percent in the first half but finished the game at 36 percent. The Warriors shot 35 percent for the game.

SWU made just 8 of 31 from beyond the arc, just 25.8 percent. The Eagles struggled as well from distance, making 8 of 28 from three point land. Northwestern was led by Chanel Madson's 20 points and 4 of 11 shooting from downtown.

The lead changed hands eight times, mostly in the second half as the Eagles didn't grab the lead for good until 6:03 left as Madson knocked down a triple to give Northwestern a 58-57 lead. SWU cut the lead down to two with 21 seconds left as Waters made a jumper. Madson responded with two made free throws to make it 65-62.

On the next possession the Warriors had two chances but Brooke Strickland missed a jumper and Noelle van Zadelhoff missed the put back attempt. Northwestern got the rebound and Regan Cooper was fouled and knocked down both free throws to secure the win.

Strickland added 13 points for the Warriors as Erika Wesolek scored 12. Kelsey Wheatle added 11 off the bench. Van Zadelhoff grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team as Strickland added eight boards.